Inside the Method: The Importance of Stretching
Our students know that the Barre Evolution Method was designed to be as efficient as possible: to give the best results in the shortest time possible. You’re a bunch of busy ladies, and we know that every minute in your day is valuable, which is why we want to be sure you get the most bang for your buck whenever you come see us. Knowing that, some students are surprised at how much we emphasize stretching throughout class. “It’s nice to be flexible,” they think, “but wouldn’t this time be better spent with shaking muscles?”
The answer, maybe surprisingly, is a big, “nope!” Stretching is an integral part of the Method, and as important to the results our students crave as the deep isometric work that precedes it. Think of the shake and stretch as partners — the pair of shoes you wear on the road to your Barre Evolution transformation. Just like you don’t want to run out of the house with only one shoe on, you don’t want to neglect your stretching.
David Geier, the director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina has said, “Flexibility is the third pillar of fitness, next to cardiovascular conditioning and strength training.” A major reason that Barre Evolution’s students see results so quickly is that the Barre Evolution Method addresses all three of these pillars. The exercises build muscle strength, and stretching elongates warm muscles for increased flexibility and a lean, lengthened look.
Additionally, stretching increases blood flow to your muscles, which is vital in building strength and preventing tightness and soreness. This increased blood flow has also been shown to improve posture and may play a role in injury prevention, and can assist in staving off serious conditions like arthritis. Frequent stretchers even reap the benefits of a cheerier outlook on life! According to wellness expert Peggy Hall, “Stretching increases your blood flow and circulation for a healthier body and sends oxygen to your brain for a clearer mind and sunnier moods.”
If you’re looking to build a longer, stronger, leaner body when you step up to the barre, be sure to give your stretching the same focus and effort you give the rest of the class! You will see the benefits before you know it!